I am writing a paper for my M.Ed at the moment on the collective in the classroom. My basic idea is that the collective (your classroom for example) should be taught as a group, not a group of individuals. Drawing on metaphors from complexity science and systems thinking, I am trying to make the case that what is good for the collective, is good for individual.
Once the paper is finished I will post it here and you can attack it like carnivorous dinosaurs. ;)
I designed this activity to try and tap the collective intelligence. This is my summative assessment for our Forces and Motions unit. Afterwards, we debriefed about the activity, and each student agreed that the answers they created as a group were far beyond what each of them could do as an individual. The Collective is more Intelligent than the sum of its parts.